There are lots of things you can do to protect the environment and reduce your carbon footprint.
Contact the Energy Saving Trust for free local energy advice on 0800 512 012
Birmingham's Sustainability Forum was established in 1993 as part of the city's dedication to Local Agenda 21 a commitment towards sustainable development at the local level which was signed at the 1992 Earth Summit in Rio de Janeiro by over 100 nations including the UK.
The Sustainability Forum meets twice a year and is made up of interested organisations and local people who debate, exchange information and consult on sustainable development priorities for local action by the Council, other agencies and everyone living and working within Birmingham. The Sustainability Forum provides the opportunity for residents, voluntary organisations, local interest groups and businesses to discuss issues that concern the quality of life for Birmingham citizens.
The last sustainability forum took place on the 25th January 2011, in the Banqueting Suite of the Council House. The forum looked at the growth and development of low carbon community groups and explored the transition towns model for moving towards resilient and sustainable communities.
The event was very successful with over 130 people attending to take part in workshops and discussions.
For information about future events please contact Sustainabilityteam@birmingham.gov.uk or phone 0121 303 5449
Climate Change Festival
The Birmingham Climate Change Festival takes place around World Environment Day on 5th June and is an outdoor event, usually in a prestigious part of Birmingham City Centre. It aims to bring together businesses, community and public sector organisations highlighting initiatives to tackle climate change and reduce the cities carbon footprint.
The last Climate Change Festival took place around the weekend of the 5th June 2010. Hundreds of families a visited the Green Road Show and Circus, with a live solar powered music stage with many local bands supporting the event. The event also featured an ethical trade market, community stalls and pledge point for all the family. The Monday was schools day, with over 1000 local pupils visiting the festival and finding out more about the environment.
Birmingham Energy Savers
Birmingham Energy Savers is a Birmingham City Council project working with organisations across the city, aiming to help the people of Birmingham save money on their fuel bills, become more energy efficient and help protect the environment with no upfront costs. This can involve fitting photo - voltaic panels to your roof, and helping you to generate your own electricity from sunlight. Find out more about Birmingham Energy Savers.
Birmingham has been a Fairtrade city since 2004. To achieve this status we needed to fulfil a number of criteria including passing a council resolution, ensuring fairtrade products are available at local cafes and workplaces, and attracting popular support for the campaign.
FAB (Fairtrade Association Birmingham) is a voluntary organisation working to bring together campaigners for fairer trade in Birmingham. FAB aims to educate the community in the issues surrounding trade as the first step to transforming Birmingham to a wholly ethical City. For more information contact firstname.lastname@example.org or phone 0121 303 4559